Posts Tagged With: travel

Parting ways

Kids, China and I have been talking about a lot, and we think its time to tell you something. It isn’t working out between China and I. Now before you say anything, this isn’t your fault at all. China and I are just at different points right now, and we are having a hard time getting on the same page. This doesn’t change how I feel about China, it will always hold a special place in my heart. I have learned so much since being with China, and have met some wonderful people through my relationship with China. I hope that in the future, China and I can try this again, hopefully with more successful results. Right now the best thing for me is to move back in with University. It is where I feel most at home. I know you kids are probably angry, confused, and hurt, but again let me emphasize that this is just between me and China, and it is a mutual feeling. We just want each other to be happy. You probably have a lot of questions, and those can all be answered in due time. What is most important now is that I will be returning to the states next week to prepare to move back in with University. It would really mean a lot to China and me if you showed your support during this transition period.

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Chinese/American candy

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The candy I was given at the airport after fainting! (Perks of 22 hours of travel, 36+ hours without good sleep, and lack of quality, non-airplane foods)

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Hiatus

I apologize for not posting after assuring you all that I would be posting regularly. When I tried to log on and post, I was greeted with a ‘webpage cannot be displayed’ message. This worried me, because it appeared that though I had checked numerous times to make sure I was able to access WordPress from here, it was inaccessible.

I emailed my mom and asked her to check if the site really was blocked or not using a website called ‘The Great Firewall of China,’ which allows you to type in a web address and it checks to see if at that exact moment, the site is accessible throughout a few different areas in China. She did this (thanks, mom!), but according to the site, my blog isn’t blocked. I googled  (using google Hong Kong, of course!) Looking for answers and found that other WordPress bloggers were having a similar issue. They said the reason was something about the login to WordPress not going through, so it infinitely loops until the connection times out and the ‘cannot be displayed’ message appears. They said this can be avoided by using a VPN, which hides your real location and makes it look like you are somewhere else, somewhere WordPress can be logged into without problem.

At family day last week, which ended up being a 3 hour ordeal at a restaurant, one of the relatives, Richard, said he could help me with the VPN as well as Facebook, but I politely declined the latter. As I’m sure you all understand, I posted all my contact info on Facebook pre-departure, as I assumed those who genuinely want to keep in contact with me would utilize that information. Facebook is a time-sucker, and I want to enjoy all my time here, not spending it worrying about what 900 of my ‘closest’ friends are spending their days doing! But I might pop on from time to time. We shall see. Don’t rely on it as a way to get a hold of me though.

So, Richard was able to help, and that is why there is the sudden, constant flow of updates from me! I apologize if it gets annoying, but there is so much to say (I have already been here 10 days!)

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Why I’m glad China is so big

Well, after 22 hours of travel (and probably over 48 hours without a good sleep), I was ready to get off my last plane and navigate the Guangzhou airport. I had felt unwell during the plane ride (headache, feverish, and sore stomach), but by the end of the plane ride I was OK, or so I thought. While waiting to deplane, I began to feel faint, the light-headed type that happens when you stand up too fast. I have a history of fainting, but only when my body is severely shocked (after getting a piercing or giving blood). Of course, as luck would have it, I fainted.

The flight attendants promptly sat me down in a seat and brought me cold water to drink and wet tissues for my forehead.  They offered juices and candy which I politely declined,  not feeling in a position to eat or drink anything besides the water. They brought the candy anyway, which I accepted and pocketed. They then went and found a wheelchair and wheeled me through the entire airport, customs, baggage claim and all! I was so grateful that they went above and beyond to help a sick, exhausted foreigner. I thanked them and they said no, no,  it’s our job.

I was set to meet Daniel, a representative of the agency that helped me meet with and find a family to stay with. I was wheeled through the area with people holding signs, looking for a) a sign in English, and b), my name in English. No luck. One of the flight attendants went back though looking, and I found Daniel’s number (which I almost didn’t write down), and called him using the other flight attendant’s phone. Turns out he, and most of the family, just walked by me because they  thought  it was me, but were put off by the wheelchair.

All in all, I’m glad there are so many people in China (12 million in Guangzhou alone!), because the chances of me seeing anyone who witnessed my fainting on the plane or my wheeled procession through the airport are VERY slim!

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On the way!

Currently sitting at the airport, gearing up for a great 22 hours of travel, stopping in Chicago, Vancouver, and finally in Guangzhou! How time has flown in my preparation for the trip! Will miss everyone at home, but hoping some people will be able to make
the trek eventually to come visit me!

More when I land~

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